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May 3, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(18):652-653. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410180024004

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No more important matter will be brought to the attention of the Committee on revision of the United States Pharmacopœa, to meet in a few days, than the proposed adoption of standard preparations. The adoption of standard (or "standardized ") preparations would require that all manufactured articles should be made from crude drugs of known strength, as determined by assay.

The pharmaceutical profession is divided on the subject, and to many of its members there seems to be a financial aspect of the subject which is more to be regarded than all others. The manufacturing pharmacists on the one hand advocate the adoption of standard preparations as a just measure, and one that is calculated to increase their revenue; but the dispensing druggists oppose it as impracticable. That it is impracticable to many of the dispensers, there can be no doubt, for there are perhaps comparatively few who are competent

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